Barnes & Noble Nook Touch gets ‘fast refresh’ hack

Feb 22, 2012
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Barnes & Noble Nook Touch gets ‘fast refresh’ hack

Hackers come in all shapes and sizes, and so do the devices they toil away on to try to gain some sort of Internet fame or just personal satisfaction. In that context, the Nook Touch isn't exactly the place for a hotbed of hacking activity but someone has still managed to pull off an exploit that's pretty interesting. The hack involves exponentially increasing the e-reader's refresh rate.

There's a video below if you want to see it in action. The device refreshes so quickly that most of the time, you can barely even make out what's on the screen before it moves on. So what's the point? Well, for now, not much. It's just an impressive little hack. But perhaps it means in the future someone will be able to run a video or some other kind of advanced content on the device.

Of course, if you want a Nook that can play videos, you may as well pick up a Nook Tablet, but that's a whole other discussion. For now, we'll just appreciate the fact that even an electronics device as seemingly innocuous as the black-and-white, impulse-buy Nook Touch e-reader can be the subject of a sophisticated hack. If you know enough about the Touch to be impressed, you'll definitely want to check out the video right below:

[via The Digital Reader]


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